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USS Boise (SSN-764)
USS Boise (SSN-764)
Career (US)
Name: USS Boise
Namesake: The City of Boise, Idaho
Awarded: 6 February 1987
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Laid down: 25 August 1988
Launched: 23 March 1991
Commissioned: 7 November 1992
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: A One Ship Fleet
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: USS Boise SSN-764 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 6,000 long tons (6,096 t) light
6,927 long tons (7,038 t) full
927 long tons (942 t) dead
Length: 110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)
Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft: 9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: S6G nuclear reactor

Surfaced:20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)

Submerged: +20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h) (official)
Complement: 13 officers, 121 Enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
BQQ-5 passive SONAR, BQS-15 detecting and ranging SONAR, WLR-8 fire control RADAR receiver, WLR-9 acoustic receiver for detection of active search SONAR and acoustic homing torpedoes, BRD-7 radio direction finder
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow tubes, 10 Mk48 ADCAP torpedo reloads, Tomahawk land attack missile block 3 SLCM range 1,700 nautical miles (3,100 km), Harpoon anti–surface ship missile range 70 nautical miles (130 km), mine laying Mk67 mobile Mk60 captor mines

USS Boise (SSN-764), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Boise, Idaho. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 6 February 1987 and her keel was laid down on 25 August 1988. She was launched on 23 March 1991 sponsored by Mrs. Louise McClure, and commissioned on 7 November 1992 with Commander D. Mericle in command.

During a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) carried out in 1999 the Boise was reported "sunk" by Dutch diesel-electric powered submarine HNLMS Walrus. In the same exercise the Walrus reportedly also took down 8 other allied vessels, including aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and flagship of the sixth fleet USS Mount Whitney.

In 2002 Boise was assigned to the John F. Kennedy carrier battle group when the group took part in Operation Enduring Freedom.

In March 2003, Boise delivered some of the opening shots of Operation Iraqi Freedom when she launched a full load of Tomahawk missiles in support of the initial invasion. The ship and crew were later awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for their distinguished service in action.


This article includes information collected from the public domain sources Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships and Naval Vessel Register.

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